Protein in the Hospital: Gaining Perspective and Moving Forward

Adam J. Kuchnia*, Levi Teigen, Emily Nagel, Gerdien Ligthart-Melis, Urvashi Mulasi, Peter Weijs, Carrie P. Earthman

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Provision of adequate protein is crucial for optimizing outcomes in hospitalized patients. However, the methodologies upon which current recommendations are based have limitations, and little is known about true requirements in any clinical population. In this tutorial, we aim to give clinicians an understanding of how current protein recommendations were developed, an appreciation for the limitations of these recommendations, and an overview of more sophisticated approaches that can be applied to better define protein requirements. A broader perspective of the challenges and opportunities in determining clinical protein requirements can help clinicians think critically about the individualized nutrition care they provide to their patients with the goal of administering adequate protein to optimize outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-278
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

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